Tag Archive for ingredients

Bitsy’s Brain Food Taste Test

Eating Bitsy's Brain Food

Although I’m usually against food products specifically geared towards kids, I have to admit I was lured in by Bitsy’s Brain Food. The fun packaging and interesting veggie-and-fruit flavors (lemon-broccoli, orange-chocolate-beet, sweet potato-oatmeal-raisin, and zucchini-gingerbread-carrot) were intriguing. First Impressions We…

Buying a good pretzel

A FEW DAYS AGO, A CTF FACEBOOK FOLLOWER ASKED A REALLY GOOD QUESTION: WHAT IS A REALLY GOOD PRETZEL? Well, I don’t have the answer to that. But I can explain how I choose a pretzel and share what brands…

Buy This Not That: Waffles

MY KIDS LOVE WAFFLES. If they could, they would eat waffles for every meal. I was buying Van’s frozen waffles at 6 to a box and my kids were eating 2 at a sitting, so the box lasted three meals.…

Four Things To Cook, Not Buy

I’M SURE SOME PEOPLE HAVE NATURAL COOKING ABILITIES. I’M NOT ONE OF THEM. But these four things can be made at home by anyone, no special cooking abilities needed. Homemade tastes better, is better for our bodies, and costs less.…

Buy This, Not That: Sandwich Bread

ONE OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING PLACES IN THE SUPERMARKET IS THE BREAD AISLE. A huge wall of bread choices , the store is crowded, your kids are going crazy – what do you do? Grab the biggest, cheapest loaf? Think…

The Ingredients Game

By Dr. Dina Rose A big thank you to Dr. Dina Rose for giving CTF permission to re-post this fabulous piece about ingredients. Dr. Rose is a food sociologist who writes It’s Not About Nutrition, a blog about the “Art…

Why Nobody Needs Nutrition Labels

By Dr. Dina Rose A big thank you to Dr. Dina Rose for giving CTF permission to re-post this fabulous piece about nutrition labels. Dr. Rose is a food sociologist who writes It’s Not About Nutrition, a wildly informative blog…

10 Facts about Xanthan Gum

A big thank you to Hemi at Fooducate for giving CTF permission to re-post this great information about Xanthan Gum. HAVE YOU HEARD OF XANTHAn GUM, one of the 30 most popular ingredients used in food products? You’ll find it…

A Good Ice Cream is Hard to Find

THIS MORNING, I READ AN ARTICLE ABOUT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE (RBGH OR RBST) IN BREYERS, HAAGEN-DAZS, AND BASKIN-ROBBINS ICE CREAM. It made me think about just how hard it is to find a good, real ice cream. Ice cream is…

Worst Food of the Week: Sunny D

SUNNY D JUST WENT GREEN. And while it is impressive that Sunny D ‘s six manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Spain went to zero waste this year – beating the company goal by three years – this faux juice…

Worst Food of the Week: Pop-Tarts

YOU HAVE TO GIVE KELLOGG’S CREDIT. Through some sort of marketing magic, they’ve convinced everyone Pop-Tarts are a breakfast food. Now, if only we could get them to use that marketing magic for good and not junk food, we might…

Five Ingredients to Avoid

BRACE YOURSELF. I’m about to go after some of your favorite foods – sodas, snacks, treats, and more. These ingredients can also be found in foods like pasta sauces, cereals, and side dishes – things you eat at meals every…

Worst Food of the Week: Suddenly Salad

FOOD COMPANIES LIKE BETTY CROCKER WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE than to perpetuate the myth that cooking is hard and time consuming. Without that myth, they couldn’t sell “food” products like Suddenly Salad. Suddenly Salad is a boxed pasta salad mix…

Buy This Not That: Jam and Jelly

In a grocery rut? Don’t have time to read the ingredients? Don’t worry, CTF has you covered with Buy This, Not That. BUY THIS: Organic jams, jellies, and preserves (like Cascadian Farms Organic Fruit Spread) NOT THAT: Conventional jams jellies…

Sports Drinks, Kids, and Electrolytes

RECENTLY AT MY THREE YEAR OLD SON’S SOCCER PRACTICE I noticed something that, quite frankly, made me cringe: parents giving their kids sports drinks. The sports drink industry has done a great job of making us all think that if…

Pre-made lunch vs. homemade lunch

SO, WHY DO PEOPLE BUY Lunchables and Uncrustables? Maybe to save time? Well, if you look at ingredient highlights for each below, it’s clear any time saved in making and packing a lunch is completely negated by the sugars, hydrogentaed…